What can I do to make seiza (kneeling) more comfortable and be able to sit for longer periods?

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I have a hard time sitting in seiza for more than minutes at a time. Is there any stretches or exercises I can try to be able to prolong the time? Or is it just practice, practice, practice that makes perfect?

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Best thing I have done was start practicing yoga.  Also engaging your leg muscles and centering your body weight on your legs instead of just sitting on your heals is helpful.

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Ultimately, pretty much everybody suffers with seiza. It helps if you are skinny. Back when I was first living in Tokyo I was pretty skinny. I was therefore able to out-seiza my fellow Japanese students of various ages. However, there are supposed to be some tricks to sitting seiza. 1) Don’t put your knees too close together. Your knees are supposed to be one fist width apart for women and two fist widths apart for men. 2) Keep good posture. Slumping actually makes seiza more difficult. 3) Supposably, it helps if you occasionally cross and recross your big toes. Regardless, your back feet are supposed to make a sort of seat for yourself.

Ultimately though, seiza is difficult enough for enough Japanese practitioners that there are special low cheater stools sold by dogu stores.

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The lighter you are the better.

Strong legs, in my case I ride a bicycle.

Appropriate clothing such as kimono or other loose fitting garments.

Young age and grit teeth. 🙁

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